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Category Archives: Open market operation

ECB Announces Dovish €30 Billion QE Taper Through September 2018 “Or Beyond”; Euro Tumbles

While the ECB kept all of its three key rates unchanged as expected, and also kept the pace of QE at €60 billion until the end of the year, confirming the numerous trial balloons overthe past month, the ECB announced that it would cut the rate of QE in half, to €30 billion “from January […]

Fed Begins Balance Sheet Unwind, Expects One More Rate Hike In 2017

Today's the day. On Nov 25, 2008 The Fed announced it would begin buying assets for its own account to save the world. In Oct 2014, The Fed ended its QE3 buying program but continued to reinvest the proceeds to maintain its $4.4 trillion balance sheet. Today, Janet Yellen announced the balance sheet will be […]

Full Preview Of Tomorrow’s “Historic” FOMC Meeting

It is virtually guaranteed that tomorrow the FOMC will make history by officially announcing the Fed’s plan to begin shrinking its balance sheet through the gradual phasing out of bond reinvestments, which however in a world in which other central banks continue to pump $125 billion per month, will hardly by noticed by markets at […]

Bill Blain: “I’ve Got October 12th As The Day The Big Equity Crash Occurs”

Submitted by Bill Blain of Mint Partners The big risk? The ECB taper… what follows? “It will not always be summer; build barns.” Today’s sermon is about complacency. Yesterday, I read in a Fixed Income analyst comment something about the: “robust macro backdrop ahead of the ECB meeting on Sept 7th creating a solid base […]

“ECB Or Not To Be”: A Preview Of What Mario Draghi Will Say

Looking at today’s main event, the much anticipated ECB announcement in which Draghi may (or may not) announce a hawkish shift to the cental bank’s policies and/or reveal the bank’s tapering plans, Citi (whose titled we borrowed) gives the 30 second summary, and says that the market seems quite split on whether the ECB will […]

ECB Preview: “Will He, Or Won’t He”, And Now To Trade The Announcement

Will he, or won’t he? Tomorrow was supposed to be the ECB meeting when Mario Draghi unveils the “guidance switch”, hinting if not at the (eventual) interest rate increase then at least a small step toward a QE exit. And then today’s Bloomberg trial balloon hit. As reported earlier, a Bloomberg “sources” story suggested that […]

Futures Flat, Market Anxiety Eased By European Bank Rescue

European and Asian stocks, as well as S&P futures were little changed ahead of “Super Thursday’s” events which include the U.K. general election, Comey’s testimony and the ECB policy decision. That however may change following a Bloomberg news report that the ECB is set to cut inflation forecasts through 2019 due to weaker energy prices, […]

Global Stocks Dip On Poor US Auto Sales, Apple Miss; Fed Decision On Deck

European, Asian stocks and S&P futures all fall as investors digested poor overnight news on Apple earnings and U.S. car sales, while the dollar rose in muted trading as investors contemplated chances of another rate hike next month ahead of today’s Federal Reserve statement. Europe’s Stoxx 600 fell from a 20 month high as traders […]

China Drains CNY715 Billion In Liquidity After Fifth Day Without Reverse Repo

What a difference three weeks makes. On January 18, heading into the Lunar New Year holidays, we reported that the PBOC had injected a record 1.04 trillion yuan into the liquidity-starved banking system in an attempt to avoid a liquidity crunch as telegraphed just days prior by dramatic surge in short-term repo rates. Since then, […]

Turkish Lira Crashes After Central Bank Unexpectedly Keeps Benchmark Repo Rate Unchanged

With Wall Street consensus expecting the Turkish central bank to hike its benchmark repo rate by 50bps (in two cases by as much as 75 bps and five analysts were expecting as much as a 100 bps increase) in hopes of arresting the recent record collapse in the Turkish Lira, this morning the central bank […]